3-5-18 AM STORM RECOVERY UPDATE ~ 10:30 am


NYSEG Service Area:   Since my most recent update last night, NYSEG has assigned a liaison to work with Bedford regarding allocation of resources and coordination with our own crews (for tree clearing following de-energizing lines).   A number of the downed trees/lines have been de-energized, but not all.   We once again have asked that a “make safe” crew be specifically assigned to Bedford to work directly with our Public Works personnel.   We also have been alerting NYSEG to the fact that its power outage list is incorrect with the de-listing of streets for which, in fact, power has not been restored.  As you probably know, the estimated restoration date/times on NYSEG’s power outage page (http://www.nyseg.com/Outages/outageinformation.html) for most areas in Bedford is today at 11:45 PM. If NYSEG provides the resources promptly which they seem to be willing to provide, then those estimates are reasonable, but, of course, no guarantees.   We are hopeful that now that we have a NYSEG liaison specifically assigned to Bedford, NYSEG’s communication with us will improve and be more reliable.


Con Edison Service Area:  I still have no information other than what’s posted to the Con Edison outage site.   We still do not have a Con Edison storm recovery liaison assigned to Bedford, though we have requested it several times.   As such, I am concerned about the reliability of Con Edison’s estimates of power restoration for most areas of Bedford tomorrow (note, however, that many streets, Con Edison identifies as “assessing”).



We have the following resources:


Courtroom, Town Offices

321 Bedford Road

Bedford Hills, New York


Warming center, charging facility for phones and other personal electronic devices, coffee10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bedford Hills Free Library

26 Main Street
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Phone: 914-666-6472

Warming center, charging facility for phones and other personal electronic devices10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Bedford Free Library

32 Village Green

Bedford, NY 10506


Warming center, charging facility for phones and other personal electronic devices, coffee10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Katonah Village Library

26 Bedford Road

Katonah, NY 10536


Warming center, charging facility for phones and other personal electronic devices10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Parking Lot

Town Offices

425 Cherry Street

Katonah, NY 10536

Dry ice/water while supplies last11:00 until 4:30pm
Katonah United Methodist Church

5 Bedford Road

Katonah, New York 10536


Overnight shelter



Given the incidents over the past couple of days, I am compelled to repeat precautions I’ve mentioned previously and add a new one regarding traffic lights that are out:


Live Wires

Not all downed lines have been cleared.  These are LIVE electrical wires posing an imminent danger. As I mentioned in my previous posts, PLEASE BE SAFE and PLEASE DON’T EVADE OR UNBLOCK barricades or emergency tape which emergency personnel have put in place. They are there to protect the community. We have reports from our Fire Departments of multiple incidents of motorists and others cutting emergency tape or moving barricades exposing themselves to LIVE power lines. You will get electrocuted and die if you take this type of action. Please stay away from downed wires! They have NOT been de-energized. The first priority for the utilities is to get them de-energized.


Carbon Monoxide

Please do not use natural-gas powered kitchen ovens or ranges to heat your home. Using these cooking appliances for heating creates a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is formed by the incomplete burning of fuels such as heating oil, wood, gasoline, natural gas, propane and charcoal. Also, don’t use charcoal grills indoors for heating or cooking because of the CO risk that also creates. The same warning applies to fireplaces that are not properly ventilated.

Traffic Light Outages

We have one traffic light out in Town, but there are others that are out in neighboring towns. Motorists approaching a malfunctioning traffic light should stop their vehicles as if they are approaching a stop sign. This means come to a full stop. The only exception is when a police officer directs you to proceed otherwise. Once stopped, you must obey the applicable right-of-way laws. Following your stop, you must yield to any other vehicle that has already entered the intersection from any other direction or one that presents an immediate hazard.

Please feel free to e-mail me at supervisor@bedfordny.gov or call me at 666-6530. Please call the Police Desk at 914-241-3111 with reports of downed trees or wires or e-mail me.


Thanks for your patience.



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